Midwest U.S.-Japan 52nd Anniversary Conference
“Building the Next Economy Together”


Saturday, September 10th
10:00a – 5:00pJapanese Secretariat (Aragon Rm, 4fl) Registration

Sunday, September 11th
10:00a – 5:00pU.S. Secretariat (Biograph Rm, 4fl)

9:00a – 10:00aMWJA Board Meeting
Sightseeing Program: (all Attendees – register in advance)
11:30am – 1:30pm Chicago Sightseeing River Cruise and Lunch
Exhibitor Booths set-up outside of Grand Ballroom, 2fl – after 6:00p
(Evening Program – Navy Pier “OffShore Rooftop Restaurant”
4:00-4:15p US & Japan Chairs meet to discuss Conference highlights.
Location: Offshore (board room)
4:15-5:15pJoint Executive Meeting between US & Japanese Governors
Location: OffShore (board room)
5:15 – 6:00pVIP Reception
Location: OffShore Rooftop Restaurant
6:00-8:30p General Welcome Reception
Location: Offshore Rooftop Restaurant

Monday, September 12th
JW Marriott Hotel – Conference Venue
Plenary Sessions – Grand Ballroom – 2nd fl
9:00 - 10:30a Opening Ceremony
(US & Japanese Governors make presentations.)
10:00aSpouse Tour
10:30 - 10:50aCoffee Break - Foyer
10:50 - 11:50a Keynote Remarks (US & Japanese Ambassadors – invited)
12:00 - 1:20pLuncheon Program – Burnham Ballroom – 4th
Keynote Remarks – United Airlines
(Return to Grand Ballroom)
1:30 – 4:50pPanel Presentations/Discussion:
Session I “Building Through Innovation” Executive Session Panel
US & Japanese Panelists

Session II “Building Through Collaboration” Executive Session Panel
US & Japanese Panelists
Adler Planetarium:
6:00-8:30p Gala Reception & Business Dinner

Tuesday, September 13th
(Plenary Session / Closing Ceremony)
9:00a – 10:30a Panel Presentation/Discussion:
Session III “Building Sustainability” Executive Session Panel
10:30-10:45a Coffee break
10:45-11:15a“Tech Talk” – women in technology share advancements
11:15a-12:00pClosing Ceremony:
(Consul General of Japan in Detroit, Illinois Director of DCEO and Conference Co-Chairs)
12:10-1:15p Buffet Lunch – Burnham Ballroom, 4th fl

Japanese Presenters:

H.E. Koji Tomita, Japan Ambassador to the U.S.
Hon. Mikazuki Taizo, Governor of Shiga Prefecture
Hon. Ichita Yamamoto, Governor of Gunma Prefecture
Hon. Hiroshi Tajima, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago
Hon. Yusuke Shindo, Consul-General of Japan in Detroit
Jun Suzuki, Chairman, Teijin Ltd
Ted Ogawa, CEO, North America, Toyota Motor Corp
Yuji Hirako, Vice Chairman, ANA Holdings
Ryohei Tsuki, Senior Corporate Officer, Kikkoman Corp
Nobuhiko Sasaki, Chairman, JETRO
Kuninori Kuroishi, Senior Advisor, Marubeni Corp
Naoki Mashita, Group CEO & Founder, V-cube, Inc.

1-on-1 Business Meetings will be organized by MWJA for U.S. and Japanese Governors, senior executives and regional government officials.
(Meetings will take place on Sunday afternoon, Monday and Tuesday morning.)